- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Continuity1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 05/02/2018 20:02:24): Continuity
- Continuity is one of the principle factors taken into account when determining or deciding whether an object of whatever sort has survived4 some change5.
- “Spatio-temporal” continuity is usually what is intended, though this might be deemed to beg the question against the Psychological View6 of Personal Identity.
- The change must not be too radical or too swift.
- In particular, it is usually held that
In all of the above there is deemed to be insufficient continuity between successive stages of a thing to allow for its persistence11.
- An object cannot survive the loss of one of its essential properties7.
- Nor can it change too many of its parts at once, though some things may change all of their parts over time provided change is gradual8.
- Nor can it change sortal9, which makes radical metamorphosis10 impossible.
- This topic – and the associated reading material – is also covered further under the heads of the following specific applications of continuity:-
→ Connectedness vs Continuity12,
→ Physical Continuity13,
→ Psychological Continuity14, and
→ Psychological Continuity – Forward15.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- "Hirsch (Eli) - Continuity", Hirsch
- "Oderberg (David) - Continuity as the Criterion of Identity Over Time: The Classical Theory of Continuity", Oderberg
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Continuity", Brennan
- "Kilborn (William) - Contact and Continuity", Kilborn
- "LePoidevin (Robin) - Continuants and Continuity", LePoidevin
- "Oderberg (David) - Continuity as the Criterion of Identity Over Time: Continuity Without Stages?", Oderberg
- "Oderberg (David) - The Myth of Continuity: A Coherent Ontology?", Oderberg
- "Park (Desiree) - Persons and Continuity", Park
- "Scaltsas (Theodore) - Identity, Origin and Spatiotemporal Continuity", Scaltsas
- This is mostly a place-holder18. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (05/02/2018 20:02:24).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- I don’t think this “gradual” means “slowly”, though this will usually be the case.
- What is needed is for there to be many intermediate steps to allow continuity.
- Each change involved in each of the steps has to be “minor”.
- All this is somewhat vague.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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- Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2018